Spring is almost here, which means cherry blossom season (or sakura season) is around the corner. Although peak blossom viewing varies by location, cherry trees typically bloom between mid-March and mid-April.
While Washington, D.C. and Japan are the biggest names in the cherry blossom game, you can also see these beautiful pink (or white) flowers in many other locales in the United States and around the world.
From Vancouver, British Columbia, to Spain’s Jerte Valley, here are 21 of the best places in the world to see cherry blossoms.
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Vancouver, British Columbia
Given that it’s a city home to more than 130,000 cherry trees, it’s no surprise that Vancouver hosts an annual cherry blossom festival. Established in 2005, the event includes a range of fun activities such as a haiku competition, live music, and a giant picnic in Queen Elizabeth Park. This year’s celebration will take place April 3 to 29.
The cherry blossom capital of the world is actually Macon, Georgia, whose streets are lined with more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees. Macon hosts the International Cherry Blossom Festival, the so-called “pinkest party on Earth,” which runs from March 16 to 25 this year.
Every spring in Bonn, Germany, you can stroll through the city’s famous “tree tunnels” (narrow roads bursting with blossoms) during the Altstadt Cherry Festival, which runs from April 1 to 15 this year.